GI Update 2023 Kauai

Kauai November 15-17, 2023 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort And Spa

In Person Conference as low as $675
Live Stream Webcast $550
Hotel as low as $399

Registration Deadline
Discounted Advanced Registration expires October 13, 2023

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
1571 Poipu Rd.
Koloa, HI 96756

GI Update 2023 Kauai November 15-17, 2023 Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa

Held at the  Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort And Spa and located along the white sand beaches, this spectacular location is where you will earn 15 contact hours (1.5 CEU) of pharmacy CE  over three days, 5 hours per day, of live AAFP/ AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™, ACPE and pharmacology CE/ CME credit. Prefer not to travel or sit in the meeting space? Join us via live stream webcast & earn live CE/CME!

Please Read the Update on Travel to Hawaii! 

  • Take a pre-travel test from one of the State of Hawai‘i’s Trusted Testing and Travel Partners within 72 hours of departing to Kauai: See acceptable list here (NOTE: Tests taken from any other lab will not be accepted)
  • Create a Safe Travels account and complete the mandatory State of Hawai‘i Travel and Health Form: Click here to create account.
  • Upload negative test results to your Safe Travels account before traveling to Hawai‘i (NOTE: Travelers who arrive without uploading the negative test result will not be accepted).
  • For more information about the State of Hawai‘i Safe Travels program requirements, please click here.
  • Additionally, Hawaii Department of Health is requiring all meeting attendees to show proof of vaccination or show proof of negative Covid test for EACH day of the conference.

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Conference Registration

Per Person
UNTIL  October 13, 2023


3 DAY IN PERSON $675 $699

IN PERSON CONFERENCE registration: Includes workshop attendance, handouts, breakfast or refreshments during the meetings and documentation of continuing education credit*.

LIVE STREAM WEBCAST REGISTRATION: Includes live conference streaming, access to online course materials and documentation of continuing education credit*.

*Pharmacists: Please ensure that we have your NABP# and date of birth on file. ACPE does not allow us to provide you with paper Statements of Credit. Should you need a paper statement of credit, you can access that information via CPE Monitor. All other professionals: An applicable paper Statement of Credit will be issued upon receipt of your post-conference paperwork.  Requirements For Credit: Credit is dependent on verification of conference attendance by on-time check-in at each session and ULS receipt of completed evaluations. Credit is determined based on actual attendance on a per session basis, no partial credit is awarded. Note: Approximately one 15 minute break per 2.5 hours. Credited hours do not include breaks.





Conference Credit


University Learning Systems ACPE Pharmacy CE University Learning Systems is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. These programs are accredited for pharmacists.





NURSE PRACTITIONERS/ NURSES: This course provides 15 contact hours (1.5 CEU) over three days, 5 hours per day, to fulfill the pharmacotherapeutics/ pharmacology requirements for American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Category 1 Continuing Education Hours  for certification renewal. The same hours submitted to renew certification may be submitted to a State Board of Nursing for re-licensure. American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts formally approved continuing education sponsored by organizations accredited or approved by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE). .

PHYSICIANS: Application for CME credit  is planned. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. AAFP Prescribed credit is accepted by the American Medical Association as equivalent to AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ toward the AMA Physician’s Recognition Award.  When applying for the AMA PRA, Prescribed credit earned must be reported as Prescribed, not as Category 1.  CME programs approved by the AAFP are eligible for Category 2 credit  (or Category 1-A  under special circumstances) through the American Osteopathic Association (AOA).

PHYSICIAN ASSISTANTS: American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for Prescribed credit from AAFP. Physician assistants may report the number of hours stated above of Category I credit for completing this program.

CONSULTANT PHARMACISTS: Some consultant pharmacist boards accept University Learning Systems courses for recertification either as is or with board approval. Please contact your board regarding course approval and ULS with any questions.

CANADIAN PHARMACISTS: Canadian Council on Continuing Education in Pharmacy (CCCEP) accepts courses accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE).  This credit is applicable to health professionals who may require pharmacology credit.

CANADIAN PHYSICIANS: Members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada are eligible to receive up to 15 MAINPRO-M1 credits for participation in this activity due to reciprocal agreement with the American Academy of Family Physicians.

OTHER HEALTH PROFESSIONALS: Contact your respective board regarding approval

Conference Policies

Wednesday, November 15, 2023:  7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast,  8:00 AM – 1:30PM  Educational Program
Irritable Bowel Syndrome,  Elevated Liver Function Tests, Celiac Disease, Esophageal Reflux Diseases and Probiotics 
At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Tools for Successful treatment:  1. Differentiate the various manifestations of IBS. 2. Distinguish IBS from Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). 3. Examine the usefulness of “Alarm Symptoms” . 4. Choose the best treatments for IBS   Bootcamp for Elevated Liver Function Tests: 5. Define Non Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) and Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis (NASH).  6. Identify at risk patients and review treatment options. 7. Recognize frequently encountered gallbladder and common duct clinical dilemmas.  8. Describe what a primary care provider should know about Hepatitis C.   Celiac Disease or Something Else? :  9. Describe the varied clinical manifestations of Celiac Disease (Sprue).  10. Define the workup of Celiac Disease especially when a patient is already on a self imposed gluten free diet.  11. Recognize the entity of Non Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. 12.  Identify how the symptoms of Celiac Disease, Non Celiac Gluten sensitivity, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome can be identical.    Dysphagia, Dyspepsia, GERD, Barrett’s and the Primary Care Provider:  13. Distinguish gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD) from dyspepsia.  14. Interpret the true risks of chronic proton pump inhibitor use.  15. Distinguish various esophageal diseases.  16. Delineate the risk of Barrett’s Esophagus and esophageal cancer.  Update on Probiotics, Prebiotics, Clostridium difficile and Fecal Transplants:  What You Need to Know:  17. Recognize the proven GI uses of Probiotics. 18. Describe the difficulty in comparing products. 19.  Describe how to diagnose and treat Cl difficile in 2020.  20. Describe how fecal transplants may be the ultimate Probiotic.


Thursday, November 16, 2023:  7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast,  8:00 AM – 1:30PM  Educational Program

Assessing Abdominal Pain: A Practical Review:

Abdominal Pain:1. Define the appropriate workup for several interactive cases of acute abdominal pain. 2.. Illustrate the pitfalls in making a diagnosis. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Update: 3. Distinguish Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). 2. Describe the workup of IBD. 3. Distinguish Crohn’s Disease from Ulcerative Colitis. 4. Choose the “best” treatments for Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. 5. Discuss controversies surrounding IBD. Peptic Ulcer Disease and Helicobacter Highlights: 6. Identify the importance of risk factors in the development of UGI bleeding. 7. Select appropriate candidates for long term PPI therapy. 8. Review non invasive ways of making a H pylori diagnosis. 9. Manage antibiotic therapy for Helicobacter 2020. Clinical Dilemmas in GI Bleeding: 10. Describe the limitations of colonoscopy. 11. Recognize the importance of “Alarm Symptoms”. 12. Describe advanced endoscopic techniques that are used to evaluate GI bleeding. 13. Recognize the safe use of anti platelet and anticoagulation meds post GI bleeding. Spectrum of Alcohol Induced Liver Disease: 14. Describe criteria to better diagnose and treat alcohol induced liver disease. 15. Review the spectrum of alcohol induced illness and consequences including: Fatty Liver Disease, Alcoholic Hepatitis, Cirrhosis and its consequences


Expert Speaker 

Dr. Peter Buch | M.D., AGAF
Dr. Peter Buch | M.D., AGAF

Friday, November 17, 2023:  7:45 AM – 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast,  8:00 AM – 1:30PM  Educational Program

Colon Cancer Prevention, Chronic Diarrhea, Constipation, Work/Life Balance and GI “Jeopardy” Review
At the completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:
Colon Cancer Evaluation and Prevention: What’s New?: 1. Describe the best practices that lead to colon cancer prevention. 2.  Review types of polyps and their consequences.  3. Review the pitfalls of colonoscopy screening.  4. Describe reasonable alternatives to colonoscopy.   Evaluation and Treatment of Chronic Diarrhea:  5.  Describe the common sources of chronic diarrhea including: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Inflammatory Bowel Disease,  Pancreatic Insufficiency,  Post cholecystectomy diarrhea,  Sprue,  Microscopic Colitis.  6.  Review treatment options.   Constipation Conundrums:  7. Discuss specialized, advanced testing for constipated patients unresponsive to standard care.  8.  Recognize fecal overflow incontinence.  9. Recognize how Peripheral Acting Mu-Opioid Receptor Antagonists are useful in treating opioid induced constipation.    Work/Life Balance: Changing the Equation in Your Favor: 10.  Overcome barriers that prevent providers from reconnecting with the joy of healthcare.  11  Review key concepts of “burnout” .  12.  Employ new techniques that allow for some changes.  13. Develop additional techniques through group discussions.  14.  Discuss ways to motivate providers to change the system. GI “Jeopardy”: 15.  Review what has been covered over the last 3 days .


Dr. Peter Buch | M.D., AGAF
Dr. Peter Buch | M.D., AGAF


Hotel Information

Room Type Rate
Standard View Room
Partial Ocean View
Deluxe Ocean View
$399/night—based on availability
$424/night—based on availability $464/night—based on availability
  Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort & Spa
1571 Poipu Rd.
Koloa, HI 96756
Online Reservations TBD
Phone Reservations 1-877-803-7534
ULS Group Code G-UNIL or University Learning Systems
ULS Group Expiration Date October 13, 2023
Hotel Taxes 17.96%
Discounted Resort Fee $20.00/night
 Parking Fee Self $TBD/day, Valet $TBD/day
ULS Group Rates Hotel Rooms and Rates based on Availability and double occupancy.


Conference Location

Getting to Kauai

Kauai’s main airport is Lihue Airport (LIH) in southeastern Lihue. Many airlines now offer non-stop service to Kauai. There is also the option of flying into Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu first and then heading to Kauai on a short, 25-minute flight.

Staying on Kauai

There are various accommodations to meet your needs. You’ll find everything from budget hotels to luxury resorts in the areas of North Shore (Princeville), East Side (Coconut Coast), Lihue (Kalapaki), South Shore (Poipu), West Side (Waimea). Kauai is also known for its charming bed and breakfasts and guest cottages. You can also rent a condominium or home, which is great for on-the-go families.

Anytime of year is a good time to visit Kauai with average yearly temperatures ranging between 84 and 69 degrees. Ocean temperatures are also perfect ranging from 71 to 81 degrees. Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round.

Traveling on Kauai

If you’re planning to explore the island, it’s best to rent a car. This will allow you the flexibility to tour Waimea Canyon one day then spend the next in Hanalei Town. Shuttles and tours are also available, though stops will be limited.

Some of the lush interior of the island is only accessible by air, so you may find yourself taking a sightseeing sky adventure by helicopter or small plane. Don’t miss the chance to travel by foot on Kauai’s magnificent hiking trails or vast, trackless beaches.

Useful Phone Numbers

The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808).
Lihue Airport Visitor Information: (808) 246-1448
Kauai Visitor Information: (800) 262-1400
Kauai Visitors Bureau: (808)245-3971
Marriage License and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545
Agricultural Inspection: (808) 245-2831
Camping Permits: (808) 241-4463 (county), (808) 274-3444 (state)
Wilcox Memorial Hospital: (808) 245-1100
Kauai Veterans Memorial Hospital: (808) 338-9431